Anyone go to TOPS meetings for weight loss?
January 4, 2007 7:06pm CST
I just went to my very first TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Open House. It's a brand new chapter in our town and I'm really excited about it. The cost is very low compared to some other programs.... It's not a weight loss program, but a weight loss support group. That's what I need more than anything.... Anyone in TOPS already? What's your favorite part?
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5 Jan 07
I think people would do better at losing weight if they had a support group like you have found. Good for you, I hope you are very successful with this program. Let me know how it goes. I have never heard of this program before.
8 Mar 07
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